Took a spin class at the gym followed by a 20 minute interval workout on the stairmill.
The majority of the day yesterday was spending time with my men. Living the whole “Time is Love” way.
It was fabulous.
to try to keep on it all week, all month, heck, hopefully the rest of the year. I just need little reminders every now and then (like a laptop that decided to bite the dust).
Some eats from the day yesterday:
Oh, I got to open a new bag of coffee from my fabulous friend Jess. Oh how I love her.
And this coffee. I usually drink the espresso, but I’m a fan of anything that’s a dark roast. This is good. Has anyone tried it?
Oh, and hey, if you look close you can see our darn chickens trying to photo bomb me. They have yet to lay any eggs, but have gone doody so many times on our deck I‘ve lost count.
It’s just not okay. Either is stepping in it multiple times.
Breakfast was a scramble of egg whites, chicken jalapeño sausage and Swiss Chard in coconut oil with Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning and whatever else I could find, topped with Cholula. I also had a thinly sliced apple on the side that didn’t make the photo.
Lunch was a meatza pizza with a ginormous salad with balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil as the dressing. I topped off the big mess with fresh basil, crushed red pepper and nutritional yeast.
The best part about it was that it was cold. I made it earlier but ran out of time to eat it so put it in the fridge. Oh, it was so much better chilled for an afternoon snack. Mmm….
I know, I don’t mess around when it comes to eating. Ha ha.
Even when I’m not in marathon training mode. Oops.
Dinner was a little experiment. Not sure if it’s blog worthy yet, but I’m saving it just in case it is.
Dessert was this. Not sure exactly what went in it- coconut flour, almond flour, dark cocoa powder, almond extract, cinnamon and some coconut milk. I stuck it in the freezer for a bit while we ate dinner and it was a nice almost frozen pudding consistency when I ate it.
Still no sweeteners. Still not quite ready.
So, it’s Monday, the amazing Mizuno Wave Sayonaras were officially released Friday. I got mine a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing the heck out them.
Speaking of, if you want to get inspired or motivated about running, read all the comments on this post. Holy smokes. There are some brilliant Mezamashii moments to read.
Last week I took advantage of one of my early mornings with my toddler “alarm clock” while we were doing the family time thing. Instead of waking the other sleeping members who weren’t feeling too hot, we decided to go on a secret mission.
Yeah, notice the Starbucks Gold Card. We were supposed to get coffee afterwards, but the Starbucks we had all scoped out wasn’t there anymore. Lame.
And, um, will Botox help that forehead problem? Just wondering. I might need to start saving some money. Kidding.
Our secret mission was for mama to get a little sweat on as quickly as possible while entertaining the pajama wearing little guy at the same time.
We knew stairs were the answer.
Here’s why- besides not hurting my hip, running stairs has a ton of benefits.
It’s great training for running. It’s intense and strengthens the lower body.
I found this article on Active.com which said this about stair running.
“Stair running is superb training for running. In addition to strengthening the muscles around the knees, stair running builds stamina and overall lower-body strength, works the gluteal muscles and quadriceps more than road running and is a highly efficient workout in terms of the amount of time spent at very high intensity.”
“Another benefit of running stairs is that experts believe it could help your overall speed because the workout engages more leg muscle mass—including hamstrings and gluteals—as they have to lift the body repeatedly. “Stronger muscles are more powerful muscles, and running speed is all about power,” says Boreham.”
We even had a brilliant idea to add a few challenges.
The first challenge was a hefty toddler weight.
The second challenge was some burpees once we got to the top of the stairs. (Only after checking out the beautiful view of course.)
5 burpees each time we made it to the top. I did the burpees, my little man counted for me. Then we ran down.
Sometimes with the toddler weight, sometimes without.
Our stairs were a bit long, but we made it through our little circuit at least 6 times. My weight turned into my coach (thank goodness), but he still made me work.
See him up there?
So, here’s a Mizuno Wave Sayonara Stair Burpee Challenge. So simple, yet effective. Mix it in once a week with your other running. The longer the stairs, the better. He he.
And here’s a quick little video we made just for you. Obviously we had to make a video for you so you could see these shoes in action since you may have missed them in this video if you blinked.
Some video notes:
Yes, Judah did a great job as camera man for his first time.
Yes, he’s wearing pajamas.
No, I don’t always speak grammatically incorrect, but it was early and I hadn’t had coffee yet.
And, whelp, high fives all around.
For new shoes and this family friendly little workout. Yes?
Happy Monday! Enjoy your day!
A new week, some new goals, a new little stair workout to try….
All kinds of fun stuff going on.
Stairs- love them or hate them?
What kind of family friendly workouts do you do?
What’s your favorite kind of coffee? (Just because I’m nosy.)